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first_imgIt takes a lot to deter a male from wanting sex. A new study has found that male mice keep trying to copulate even when they are in pain, whereas females engage in less sex. But when given drugs that target pleasure centers in the human brain, the females again became interested. The findings could shed light on the nature of libido across various animal species.To assess how pain influences sexual desire, researchers first identified pairs of mice that wanted to have sex. “What we found early on was not all mice will mate with each other,” says clinical psychologist Melissa Farmer, who led the study while earning her Ph.D. at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. The team set up the rodents on a series of “dates,” during which a male and female were paired together for 30 minutes. Couples that copulated for most of the session were deemed compatible and moved into a cage with separate rooms. A small doorway allowed a female mouse to freely cross over from her chamber, but the male—which is larger—could not.The scientists then induced pain in males or females by applying a small dose of inflammatory compounds to the cheek, tail, foot, or genitals. 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Even when they did visit their paramours, females wouldn’t allow males to mount them with the same frequency, the team reports online today in The Journal of Neuroscience.The researchers then set up the reverse scenario in which males dictated the encounters. They placed both mice in an “open-field” cage with no barriers. Males desired just as much sex even if they were in pain, and the researchers observed no significant difference in mounting attempts or other sexual behaviors.Pain-relieving drugs increased females’ willingness to mate, and two sex-drive enhancers—apomorphine and melanotan II—did the same. Both drugs tweak neural circuits tied to pleasure and arousal.Women exercise more caution when selecting a mate, which many psychologists attribute to cultural expectations, such as when female modesty is pushed by some religions. In other words, social norms might impose female repression of sexual desire. In contrast, Farmer and her colleagues conclude, somewhat controversially, that women might simply be more biologically prone to sexual repression in certain contexts.Jill Becker, a behavioral neuroscientist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, supports the idea. “It’s valid given the amount of female investment [in reproduction] and the way that these systems must have evolved to ensure reproductive success.”Yet other researchers hesitate to build such a major bridge between mice and man. “Claiming an evolutionary basis to sexual behavior based on one study trivializes the rich complexity of human behavior,” says Barry Komisaruk, a behavioral neuroscientist at Rutgers University, Newark, in New Jersey. “It implies inevitability to a woman’s behavior—that she has no voluntary control. That’s too much to extrapolate from one mouse study.”last_img read more

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first_imgIn my cultural world, two major events defined the beginning of the year 2009 — the Obama inaugural and the movie Slumdog Millionaire.Both events are meaningfully connected in the popular culture. There is a synergy between the improbable victory of Obama in the presidential elections and the Hollywood/Bollywood rags to riches caper that went on to win the Oscar for the best picture of the year. Barack Obama, a half-Kenyan American, from Hawaii via Indonesia and Chicago has taken on the mantle of the first African American and the first global president of the United StatesBoth stories are about outsiders who come from the fringes of society yet manage to prevail against all the odds. Obama, a half-Kenyan American, from Hawaii via Indonesia and Chicago, has taken on the mantle of the first African American and the first global president of the United States.The key protagonist in Slumdog Millionaire is a young man, named Jamal, an orphan Muslim minority from one of the poorest slums in Mumbai, India. He not only manages to get on the popular game show, Who wants to be a Millionaire, but to the dismay of the game show host and the local police authorities, is able to correctly answer all the questions to take home the coveted prize.Both narratives are also about the power of globalization. Obama’s win represents the triumph of the American brand of multiculturalism at home and abroad, won on the backs of the hard-fought victories of the civil rights movement and the emerging post-racial world.Slumdog Millionaire represents the flush of new capital pouring into big metro areas like Mumbai, extolling the virtues of American greed and the free market economy, over the two thousand years old Hindu work-ethic encapsulated in the Bhagavad Gita, which professes that one should perform one’s duties (dharma) as self-less action (karma) and not to be motivated by the fruits of one’s labor or profits.To the disappointment of many educated and diaspora Indians, who are part and parcel of the emerging “incredible India,” it is clear that old stereotypes are hard to change. In the movie, India continues to be depicted as “a vast public latrine,” as V. S. Naipaul said in An Area of Darkness almost 50 years earlier, but at least now it’s part of the back office of American corporations and other multinational firms.Finally, both Obama and Slumdog represent a wave of populism that surfaces in hard economic times. Notwithstanding the hard-boiled film-making of Danny Boyle, the English/Irish director well-known for making gritty films about the downtrodden, the story of the orphan slum dwellers touches American hearts, because the global economy is in an abysmal dump. Thus, a brutal yet beautiful film makes us appreciate how blessed we really are as Americans and how good we really have it. The key protagonist in Slumdog Millionaire, named Jamal, an orphan Muslim minority from one of the poorest slums in Mumbai, not only manages to get on the popular game show Who wants to be a Millionaire, but to the dismay of the gameshow  host and the local police authorities takes home the coveted prize.Observing the populist elation at the Obama victory, Frank Rich wrote in the New York Times, “We’ll soon remember that the country is in a deep ditch, and that we turned to the black guy not only because we hoped he would lift us up, but because he looked like the strongest leader to dig us out.”However, populism can easily turn into rage against its chosen heroes. The actors in Slumdog Millionaire learned this when they returned home from the Oscars to angry mobs of slum dwellers who were upset at being depicted as a colony of sub-human species. Recently, the Obama dawg millionaires have not been spared the populist outrage either at their perceived lack of connection with the American people over the banking crisis and the dolling out of whopping AIG bonuses.And therein may be the perils for Obama as well. Related Itemslast_img read more

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first_imgMOST READ “Now it’s not just all about giving pride and joy to your school by wearing your uniform. It’s playing the sport that you love for a greater cause and giving back,” said Valdez, a three-time UAAP MVP. “This game will really bring back a lot of memories for us.”La Salle, which defeated Ateneo this year to keep the women’s crown, will also flaunt a star-studded roster.La Salle Lady Spikers. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoining Reyes are Aby Maraño, Kim Fajardo, Ara Galang, Cha Cruz, Michele Gumabao, Melissa Gohing and Cyd Demecillo.“I’m very happy and excited that finally, I’ll be with my teammates before and I’ll be able to compete against our rival school,” said Reyes, who was one of the best defenders during her time.The players also vowed to give fans an entertaining yet intense game.ADVERTISEMENT Cignal HD makes quick work of Zark’s Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR The event, organized by Rebisco, aims to raise funds for the scholarship programs of the Ateneo De Manila University Foundation and De La Salle University Foundation and Rebisco Foundation, Inc.“It’s something greater than ourselves. It’s not just volleyball but it is also for the benefit of other people, especially the future generations of student-athletes and I’m very honored that they tapped me to be part of this,” Denden Lazaro, a vital part of the Ateneo’s championship runs in 2014 and 2015, told Inquirer.net Monday in a press conference at Buffalo Wild Wings at Capitol Commons in Pasig City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Volleyball has a growing popularity in the Philippines and we wanted to take advantage of that fact in making relevance and at the same time raise funds for the scholarship programs of the three entities,” said Lulu dela Peña of Rebisco Philippines.Valdez and Lazaro will reunite with former Ateneo players Fille Cainglet, Ella de Jesus, Amy Ahomiro and team up with current Lady Eagles Jia Morado, Maddie Madayag and Jho Maraguinot. “We’re going to have fun but at the same time, we also want to give the fans a competitive game,” said Gohing.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ateneo Lady Eagles. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netReigning UAAP champion La Salle and Ateneo, two schools who have waged countless battles in the collegiate sporting scene, have come together for a cause greater than their rivalry.Led by superstars Alyssa Valdez and Mika Reyes, Ateneo and La Salle have joined forces for a charity volleyball game dubbed “Battle of the Rivals” on July 16 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPcenter_img BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgBOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPBoston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving was listed as day-to-day by the NBA club on Sunday after an MRI revealed he suffered a right knee strain in a loss Saturday.An MRI on Sunday at New England Baptist Hospital led doctors to the diagnosis, easing fears of a worse injury after Irving was hobbled with just over four minutes remaining in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers’ 123-112 victory at Boston.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Irving scored 14 points in 14 minutes on the court before leaving with the injury, appearing to suffer the setback after multiple moves on screens away from the ball.Irving is averaging 23.8 points, 7.0 assists and 4.9 rebounds for the Celtics, who are battling Philadelphia for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 26-year-old Australian-born American, the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, underwent left knee surgery last April.Irving, who helped Cleveland win the 2016 NBA title before being traded to Boston in 2017, helped the US group of NBA stars to 2016 Rio Olympic gold. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Kemba Walker enters 3rd All-Star game with uncertain future MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

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first_imgHungary began their first European Championship since 1972 with an impressive 2-0 victory against 10-man Austria in group stage match here on Tuesday.Both goals were scored in the second half with Adam Szalai breaking the deadlock in the 63rd minute and Zoltan Stieber making it 2-0 three minutes from regulation time.Hungary made the breakthrough in the 62nd minute in the Group F clash as Szalai collected a super pass from Laszlo Kleinheisler before finishing under goalkeeper Robert Almer from close range. It was the first goal in 41 matches for Szalai.DRAGOVIC SEES REDTo compound Austria’s problems, they were soon down to 10 men as Aleksandar Dragovic was booked for the second time in the match to get evicted three minutes after the goal.Both a goal and a man down, Austria had no other choice but to push forward for the equalizing goal, leaving big gaps at the back.However Hungary utilised the vacant spaces perfectly, grabbing an opportune moment to launch a swift counter attack from the other half of the pitch that was given an apt ending by Stieber.The 27-year-old scored with an exquisite chip over the charging Austrian keeper.But it wasn’t all doom for Austria at the start. Bayern Munich’s David Alaba was the main creator for Austria. The defender nearly began the match strongly, hitting the upright from 25 yards to give Hungary a scare as early as the first minute but his left footer hit the bottom of the right post.He went close again in the 10th minute. He followed a through ball from Marko Arnautovic but his prompt left footer went straight to goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly, who at 40 years and 75 days, became the oldest player to take part in the tournament. He improved on German legend Lothar Matthaus’ record, who was 39 years and 91 days when Germany played Portugal at Euro 2000.advertisementThis match was the 138th meeting between Austria and Hungary in all competitions, but just one of the previous 137 came in the finals of a tournament.last_img read more

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first_imgPune, Nov 6 (IANS) Defending champions Chennaiyin FC tasted victory for the first time this season with a convincing 4-2 victory against FC Pune City in their Indian Super League (ISL) tie at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium here on Tuesday.Ashique Kuruniyan’s early goal in the ninth minute gave Pune the lead but a strong second-half from Chennaiyin allowed John Gregory’s men to seal three points. Mailson Alves equalised with a header in the 53rd minute and Gregory Nelson completed the comeback two minutes later. Inigo Calderon and Thoi Singh helped the visitors increase their lead and Jonathan Vila’s late goal was nothing more than a consolation.Brazilian striker Marcelinho was given marching orders after a dangerous tackle on Germanpreet Singh as Pune ended the game with 10 men to compound interim coach Pradyum Reddy’s woes since another striker, Diego Carlos de Oliveira, also remains suspended for another red card against FC Goa.A tentative start by the defending champions was punished by Pune City less than 10 minutes into the match. An audacious cross-field diagonal ball by Robin Singh allowed Kuruniyan to race past Inigo Calderon on the left flank and beat Karanjit Singh from a tight angle inside the box.John Gregory’s men had the lion’s share of the ball but struggled to create clear-cut chances with it. The visitors were content to use the turnovers to good effect whenever they sensed an opportunity from them.Chennaiyin came out of their blocks quickly after the restart and scored the equaliser in the 53rd minute. Martin Diaz fouled Anirudh Thapa outside the box and the young midfielder picked out Mailson Alves at the far post from the resulting free-kick. The skipper’s looping header hit the back of the net, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance.The match turned on its head as the champions took the lead two minutes later. The scorer turned provider as Mailson’s long ball found Nelson on the right flank who ran behind Lalchhuanmawia Fanai before chipping the ball over an onrushing Kamaljit Singh.Chennaiyin doubled their lead in the 69th minute from Thapa’s corner-kick. Pune’s defence failed to tackle the delivery from the corner and Raphael Augusto managed to push the ball into the path of Calderon who tapped the ball into the net.The visitors grew in confidence as the second-half progressed and scored their fourth goal three minutes later. Augusto played a delightful ball across the face of goal for Jeje whose shot was kept out by the goalkeeper. The rebound fell perfectly for Thoi who made no mistake from handshaking distance.Augusto almost wrote his name onto the scoresheet with a dipping effort on goal but the swerving effort full of Brazilian flair hit the crossbar.Pune grabbed a consolation goal in the 90th minute when Jonathan Vila rose the highest at the near post to head in Marcelinho’s well-taken corner kick. Marcelinho, however, jumped into a dangerous tackle to steal the ball off Germanpreet Singh with just seconds left on the clock and the forward was punished with a straight red card.Pune are now at the bottom of the league ladder with just two points from six matches while Chennaiyin moved up to the eighth spot with four points from seven matches.–IANSdm/niradvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgIndia’s G Sathiyan on Monday scaled new heights in his rapidly rising career by becoming the firstIndian to break into the top-25 of the latest world ranking list released by International Table Tennis Federation.Sathiyan rose four spots to be 24th in the ITTF rankings, following his impressive sixth place finish in the Asia Cup in Yokohama earlier this month to secure a place in the World Cup in Chengdu from October 25 to 27. Last week, he was the sole Indian to reach the round of 32 in the World Championships in Hungary.”Really happy with way I am playing and I feel I am moving in the direction to reaching the top-15 by the end of 2019. Also, I can’t thank my coach (S Raman) enough for his support and guidance,” the engineer turned table tennis professional told PTI.Veteran Sharath Kamal, who lost in the round of 64 in Hungary, dropped nine places to be in 46th position.India’s number one female player, Manika Batra, slipped three spots to be 59th, following her round of 64 loss in the World Championships.Also Read | Aim is to qualify for Tokyo Olympics: Asian Athletics C’ships gold medallist GomathiAlso Seelast_img read more

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first_img PICTOU COUNTY: Six Mile Brook Six Mile Brook Road in Pictou Co. is closed at the Morrison culvert south of Graveyard Road until further notice. Detour signs show an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-752-7184 Local Area Office: 902-925-2247 Fax: 902-925-2704 PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Route 348 in Pictou Co. will be closed north of Greens Point Road at the Big Gut Bridge to facilitate replacement of the bridge from Tuesday, May 6 to Tuesday, August 5. Detour routes are available via Egypt Road or Chance Harbour Road. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 from Sherman Lake Road to Hiltz Road will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert work, patching and paving from Friday, May 2 until Thursday, July, 31. Traffic controls consist of traffic control people and signs. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. QUEENS COUNTY: Mill Village Bridge Mill Village Bridge located at the junction of Medway River Road and Trunk 3 in Mill Village will be closed for deck repairs from Monday, May 5 to Friday, May 9. A detour is available on Mill Village East Road and the Medway River Road. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs Friday, May 16. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Are Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 CONTINUING WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive Burnside Drive will have lane closures for widening at various times until Saturday, May 31. Gravelling, signal installation, paving and repaving will take place from Commodore Drive to Exit 3 and from the eastbound ramp from Highway 111 to Burnside Drive for about one kilometre. Traffic control consists of cones, barriers, signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY – Highway 101 Highway 101 from 1.2 kilometres east of Exit 18 to Exit 19, will be reduced to one lane for guard rail installation, patching and repaving until Sunday, August 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Trunk 22 (Louisbourg Highway) Traffic on sections of the Louisbourg Highway (Trunk 22), between Landry Crescent and Albert Bridge will be reduced to one lane to allow for repaving, Monday, May 5 to Thursday, July 31. Work will take palce from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and traffic will be controlled by signs and traffic control people. NEW WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 will have alternating lane closures for cold planing, repaving and shouldering until Friday, June 27. An alternate route is available at Trunk 3 from Exit 6 to Exit 7 from Hubbards to East River. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-0054 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 331 Route 331 in Lunenburg Co., for 4.5 kilometres between LaHave and Dublin Shore will have alternating lane closures for ditching and culvert installation until Friday, May 9. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels, a flashing light unit and pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-354-5035 Fax: 902-354-3106 KINGS COUNTY: Ira Bill Road Ira Bill Road in Billtown, Kings Co. is reduced to one lane because of a culvert failure until Sunday, June 1. Temporary traffic signals are in place. -30-last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi:Delhiites woke up to a humid morning on Friday, with the minimum temperature settling at 25 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average. According to the MeT department, the humidity level recorded at 8.30 am was 82 per cent. The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides official figures for the city, recorded 3.6 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours. The weatherman has predicted light rains in some parts of the city later in the day. “Generally cloudy sky and light rain is expected today. The maximum temperature may settle at 32 degrees Celsius,” he said. On Thursday, minimum temperature recorded was 23.5 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature settled at 30.4 degrees Celsius.last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s Fisheries Minister says officials are closely monitoring a spill of Atlantic salmon from an aquaculture facility off the coast of Washington state.Dominic LeBlanc says in a statement that while the fish escaped from an American facility that is subject to U.S. law, the Canadian government is taking the incident seriously given how close it happened to B.C.Washington state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife has said an estimated 1,360 tonnes of Atlantic salmon were in the net when it imploded Saturday — a spill attributed to unusually high tides.While it’s unclear how many escaped from the Cooke Aquaculture fish farm near Cypress Island, authorities have asked the public to help clean up by catching the fish.LeBlanc says protecting Canada’s aquatic ecosystem is a priority, and that officials are communicating with the U.S. regulators and surveying the area to ensure any impacts from the incident are minimized.The ministry says past research suggests many of the escaped fish won’t adapt to the natural feeding practices needed for this ecosystem and are likely to be caught or preyed upon.last_img read more

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first_imgHarry Rosen is one of Canada’s most recognizable names in men’s fashion, so it might be surprising that two new spots, created by Isaac Reputation Group, mark the 70-year-old retailer’s first foray into TV.Past advertising for Harry Rosen – typically seen as the store for “Bay Street” professionals – has relied on print and, recently, targeted online ads. But what it means to dress “professionally” has changed, so HR wants to reach a broader audience and challenge lingering notions of its image. Facebook “There’s a customer [Harry Rosen] wants to speak to that isn’t seeing ads in newspapers,” says Isaac partner and CD, Bob Goulart, who has been a consultant for Harry Rosen 20-plus years. “We can target them on digital, but it’s harder to tell a robust story there. TV allows us to express a contemporary air of confidence and youthfulness, and the diversity of [men’s clothing].” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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WASHINGTON — If President Donald Trump declares an emergency to build the wall with Mexico, he still needs money to pay for it. And shifting money from other accounts to deliver the $5.7 billion he wants is not without political problems.The administration has been eyeing several pots of money — including disaster funds, counter-narcotic accounts and military construction dollars — to fund Trump’s wall, according to congressional aides and White House officials.White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has said there are various accounts available.One possibility is shifting a portion of the $13 billion in disaster aid Congress approved last year for Puerto Rico and a dozen states, including California and Texas, hit hard by hurricanes, flooding and other disasters. The money funds Army Corps projects, and the Puerto Rico aid alone totals more than $2 billion.But Texas lawmakers revolted over White House plans to tap Hurricane Harvey funds, and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Thursday they won assurances from the White House that the money won’t be used for the wall.“We’ve been pretty clear we thought that would be a mistake,” said Cornyn, who along with the state’s governor and other lawmakers urged the White House to stay away from that account. “There’s limited pots of money he can get into, but I’m pretty confident he won’t get into disaster funds.”A more likely option is the military construction account that’s used to upgrade bases and facilities.Congressional aides said there is $21 billion available. That includes about $10 billion in funds from the current 2019 fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, and $11 billion remaining from the previous four years, said the aides. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the funding details.But tapping the military construction money also may hit resistance. The money often goes for improvements to housing, roads, hospitals and other facilities, and can be used to eliminate mould or other hazardous problems at military installations in congressional districts across the nation and around the globe.As an example, the aides said, there is funding for a medical facility at a U.S. base in Germany that has been partially constructed. If those funds were used, the medical centre could be left half built.The president can decide to use military construction funds, but it will be up to the Defence Department to determine which specific projects would lose their money, the aides said.While the president has the authority to take the funds, the aides said that according to the law the money must be used in support of U.S. armed forces and the key question is whether Trump could prove the funds were being spent to actually support troops.The Defence Department has declined to provide any details on the amount of money available.Potentially easier to tap is the military’s counter-drug account, so-called Section 284 money, as suggested by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a Trump ally and leader of the conservative Freedom Caucus. But it falls short of what’s needed with about $800 million available.Using that money would not require declaration of a national emergency, but aides said it is less likely the president would dip into those funds.“I’ve obviously suggested 284 for a long time,” Meadows said recently. “There’s not enough money there, but it’s a good start.”The White House has been searching for funding as it became clear Congress would not provide the money Trump was demanding to build the wall. Trump had campaigned on the promise that Mexico would pay for it.Instead, this week lawmakers struck a bipartisan deal to provide nearly $1.4 billion for fences and barriers along the southern border as part of a broad funding package to avoid another federal shutdown.The Senate approved the compromise on Thursday, and House passage was assured before Friday’s deadline. The White House said Trump would sign it but then declare a national emergency and perhaps invoke other executive powers to build the wall.Lolita Baldor And Lisa Mascaro, The Associated Press read more

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The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance Bill was passed in Parliament today.During the vote on the Bill, 53 members of Parliament voted for and 16 voted against it.

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Halton police have released photos of a suspect wanted for using stolen credit cards to make a number of fraudulent purchases. Police say the credit cards were stolen from a vehicle in a parking lot near Thompson Rd. and Maple Ave. in Milton on February 10.Shortly after, someone used the credit cards to make purchases at several local stores. The suspect was seen in a white Dodge Caravan with no front plate attached. The suspect is described as 18 to 25 years old, about 6’, and 160 pounds. He was wearing black pants, black boots, and a black winter jacket with a black fur neckline and two silver coloured zippers around the abdomen.Anyone with information is asked to contact Halton police. read more

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Valeant CEO stepping down, company blames former CFO for misstated earnings MONTREAL – Valeant Pharmaceuticals is replacing its CEO and blaming its former chief financial officer for misstated earnings, an allegation he rejects.The embattled Quebec drugmaker announced a shakeup Monday that will see Michael Pearson leave the company following a succession of setbacks that have hammered its reputation and sapped its stock value.“It’s been a privilege to lead Valeant for the past eight years,” Pearson said a statement.“While I regret the controversies that have adversely impacted our business over the past several months, I know that Valeant is a strong and resilient company, and I am committed to doing everything I can to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership.”Once one of Canada’s most valuable companies, Valeant has been embroiled in controversy for months.It is facing allegations of gouging customers on drug prices, accusations it has denied. It is also under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Attorney’s offices in Massachusetts and New York, as well as Congress, as part of their probes into price hikes for certain drugs.Last month, Valeant announced it had to restate its financial results for 2014 and 2015 after discovering that about US$58 million of sales were recognized at the wrong time. It hopes to submit its restated financial statements for 2015 to regulators by April 29 to avoid defaulting on its debt.On Monday, the company assigned some fault on Howard Schiller, its former chief financial officer who sits as a board director. Valeant accused Schiller of “improper conduct” in providing incorrect information to an audit and risk committee and the company’s auditors, adding that it continues to assess its financial reporting and disclosure procedures.“In addition, as part of this assessment of internal control over financial reporting, the company has determined that the tone at the top of the organization and the performance-based environment at the company, where challenging targets were set and achieving those targets was a key performance expectation, may have been contributing factors resulting in the company’s improper revenue recognition,” Valeant said.Valeant also said an internal committee review concluded that the company’s heavily performance-based focus may have affected compensation decisions for some top managers and contributed to the company’s improper recognition of revenues.Valeant’s board requested that Schiller tender his resignation as a director, but he refused. It also placed corporate controller Tanya Carro on administrative leave. Carro couldn’t be reached for comment.In a statement, Schiller denied Valeant’s allegation that he provided incorrect information. He said the misstated sales figures were the result of “a careful and reasoned accounting decision” by the corporate controller based on what she considered to be complete and accurate facts.“As a result of the fact that I did not engage in any improper conduct regarding this proposed restatement, I have respectfully declined the request from the company’s board to resign from the board,” Schiller said.Schiller filled in for Pearson during a two-month medical leave early this year after resigning as CFO last June. Pearson will leave after his successor is named, the company said.Valeant also announced that New York-based activist investor Bill Ackman will join its board of directors. Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital is a significant shareholder in Valeant (TSX:VRX). The activist investor also partnered with Valeant in a failed hostile bid to acquire Botox maker Allergan Inc.Industry analysts say Pearson’s departure is a positive step, although they are alarmed by new accounting issues raised by the internal review.Some also question why the board didn’t act sooner.“It’s not just the CEO that needs to change here and adding Bill Ackman to the mix,” said Vicki Bryan, an analyst with corporate bond research company Gimme Credit.She said the company is at serious risk and needs to sell assets to severely cut its US$30 billion debt.“This is a very troubled company that the company’s aggressive strategies have been trying to mask for years.”On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Valeant’s shares closed up 8.5 per cent to C$37.90 in Monday trading. That’s still a steep decline from its peak closing stock price of C$346.32 last August. Valeant Pharmaceuticals CEO Michael Pearson poses at the company’s annual general meeting in Montreal on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The Quebec-based drug company says Pearson is leaving but will remain as CEO and president until a successor is named. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 21, 2016 7:23 am MDT Last Updated Mar 21, 2016 at 3:08 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Lawton as Aftermarket Development Manager. After nearly 15 years as an automotive journalist and the last three years as Editor of CAT (Car and Accessory Trader) magazine, Peter brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the sector. He will assume responsibility for SMMT aftermarket activities from 23 April 2014.Peter replaces Wendy Williamson who is joining the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) as Chief Executive.Commenting on SMMT’s new appointment, Chief Executive Mike Hawes said, “The aftermarket is one of the most diverse and dynamic business areas we have in the UK automotive industry. Peter’s existing relationships with the sector and knowledge of the issues it faces will allow SMMT to enhance its aftermarket activities and offer an ever-improving service to our members.”Peter Lawton said, “I’m thrilled to be joining SMMT and look forward to helping the sector go from strength to strength. While I’m sad to be leaving CAT, I’m very pleased that I’m staying in the aftermarket and relish the opportunity to continue working with its fantastic people and businesses.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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The 2012 Ohio State football team will be playing Central Florida at noon on Saturday, but they will not be the only Buckeyes in gridiron action this weekend. Many OSU alumni will play prominent roles for NFL teams who play their season-opening games on Sunday or Monday.There are 37 former Buckeyes playing for 20 different NFL teams.New York Giants center Jim Cordle, a 2010 OSU graduate, was the first Buckeye alumnus to be active for an NFL regular-season game this season. Cordle did not start on the offensive line, but was on the 53-man active roster for the Giants’ season-opening loss to the Dallas Cowboys Wednesday.Many other Buckeyes will play more significant roles for their respective NFL teams.These former Ohio State players could make their most significant mark on the 2012 NFL season with the defensive backs they have sent to the league. Of the 37 Buckeyes in the NFL, eight of them play in the secondary and six are listed on their team’s depth chart as starters: Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Nate Clements, Philadelphia Eagles free safety Kurt Coleman, Carolina Panthers cornerback Chris Gamble, New Orleans Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins, San Francisco 49ers strong safety Donte Whitner and Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield.Another former OSU defensive back, New England Patriots defensive back Nate Ebner, will be among the four members of the 2011 Buckeyes football team set to begin their inaugural NFL seasons. Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams, a second-round draft pick, and Houston Texans wide receiver DeVier Posey, a third-round draft selection, are also rookies making their debuts on Sunday, along with Jacksonville Jaguars center Mike Brewster, who went undrafted.All four rookies are listed as reserves on their team’s depth charts, but depending on each game’s circumstances, they could see playing time. Another player from last year’s Buckeyes team, running back Daniel “Boom” Herron, was drafted in the sixth round by the Bengals, but he failed to make the team’s 53-man roster.Many other prominent players with OSU ties can be seen in action this weekend as well. The New York Jets have two offensive starters, wide receiver Santonio Holmes and center Nick Mangold, who were also teammates for the Buckeyes from 2002-2005.Another member of the 2006 draft class from OSU, A.J. Hawk, starts at inside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, while Arizona Cardinals running back Chris “Beanie” Wells and St. Louis Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis were both members of the 2009 draft class after successful careers for the Buckeyes.Whether you watch an NFL game this on Sunday afternoon, Sunday night or Monday night, chances are good that a Buckeye will be on the field. read more

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Kate Ryan, a family lawyer and partner at IBB Solicitors, said: “The specialist divorce centres set up in 2015 are not functioning effectively and undoubtedly this was not what was envisaged by the MoJ when they were established.“Unfortunately, many of these centres are now experience high volumes of divorce work resulting in a large backlog of work. This means the court process for dealing with documents is taking longer than ever.”“This impacts upon people who are waiting for their divorce to move forward so they can finally move on with their lives,” Ms Ryan added. “The delay is often compounded by a lack of communication from the court and the difficulty people experience in speaking with someone at the court about their case.”The family lawyer called on the MoJ to increase family court resources, saying that delays on such “sensitive and important matters impact upon the whole family”.The family court statistics were compiled by Wilsons, a private client law firm, and showed a steady increase in waiting time for couples. For the third quarter of 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, couples had to wait 48.06 weeks, 48.64 weeks, 47.31 weeks. 47.36 weeks, 49.14 weeks and 56.04 weeks, respectively.While the latest statistics for the fourth quarter of 2018 show a slight decrease – to 54.3 weeks – Jacqueline Fitzgerald, partner and head of the Family team at Wilsons said it is unacceptable that couples wanting to divorce are still forced to wait more than a year.She said: “These delays are enormously difficult for divorcing couples – they are stuck in limbo, unable to move on with their lives until the courts finally get around to dealing with them.”“For the average wait for a divorce to pass the one-year barrier for the first time is a very worrying sign for the family courts.”“The Regional Divorce Centres have had a very difficult first three years, and the problems are getting worse, not better. Remember that 56 weeks is the average wait for a divorce – many take much longer than that.”She added that the impact of austerity on government funding is only set to have further detrimental impact on the efficacy of the family courts.Treasury figures reveal that the MoJ’s will be slashed to £6 billion in 2019/20, down from £6.3 billion in 2018/19. By 2023/24, it is predicted to have halved in little more than a decade.A spokesman for Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service said:”Cases are being dealt with quicker since we increased the no of judicial sitting days and recruited extra judges and staff to meet increased demand in the family court.“We also recently announced online divorce applications to simplify the process and help reduce the delay.”   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Married couples are having to wait longer than a year before being granted a divorce, new data reveals, as family lawyers blame the government for increasing delaysFor the first time, family court figures reveal that couples can now expect to wait up to 56 weeks until their divorce is finalised. This is in comparison to 2013 when the average wait from petition to Decree Absolute was 48 weeks.The slump in the rate of Decree Absolutes being increased comes following reforms introduced by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in 2015 which aimed to streamline the system, cut costs and save judicial time.Prior to 2015, couples wanting to divorce had to go to one of 47 regional courts across the country. These were then centralised into just 11 Regional Divorce Centres. However legal experts claim that couples are now left “in limbo”, and that the latest data shows how the reforms have backfired. read more

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first_imgGold Reserve has entered into a partnership with Conservation International (CI) to advance the company’s strong commitment to environmental and social responsibility. The partnership will involve preserving biodiversity in and around Gold Reserve’s Brisas project in Venezuela and support the development of best practice tools for integrating biodiversity information into the business decision making processes.   Cia Aurifera Brisas del Cuyuni, the Venezuelan subsidiary of Gold Reserve, has also signed a Letter of Intent with CI Venezuela outlining commitments, whereby the two organizations will work together to institute programs pertaining to biodiversity and sustainable agro-forestry in the upper Cuyuni River basin located in the State of Bolivar in southeastern Venezuela near the Guyana border. This effort will include extensive biodiversity assessments and monitoring efforts to understand and protect the biodiversity of the project area as well as a program of work aimed at empowering local communities to develop sustainable agro-forestry.   The company has also finalized an agreement with CI to support the development of decision making tools and methodologies that guide companies such as Gold Reserve through a process by which they assess the ongoing environmental impacts and assess their biodiversity, take action to avoid, mitigate or offset this impact, and monitor their achievements. This support will facilitate the development of a biodiversity offset strategy for the Brisas Project in conjunction with the Business and Biodiversity Offset Program (BBOP) (more information on BBOP can be found at: www.forest-trends.org/biodiversityoffsetprogram ).   “We are pleased to be working with CI,” said Doug Belanger, President of Gold Reserve. “Our strong relationship with CI will empower our employees and provide them substantial experience while furthering the company’s commitment to the Equator Principles and responsible environmental stewardship.”   CI is a nonprofit international organization which operates in 40 countries around the world and applies innovations in science, economics, policy and community participation to protect the Earth’s richest regions of plant and animal diversity in the biodiversity hotspots, high-biodiversity wilderness areas as well as important marine regions around the globe. See www.conservation.org   Brisas has NI-43-101 reserves of 485 Mt of ore grading 0.67 g/t Au and 0.13% Cu. The mine plan anticipates using conventional truck and shovel mining methods with the processing of ore at full production of 70,000 t/d, yielding an average annual production of 456,000 oz of gold and 60 Mlb of copper for a mine life of 18.5 years. Using copper as a byproduct, operating costs are expected to be $126/oz (using $1.80 copper).last_img read more

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first_imgTitan International, Inc recently introduced three new sizes to the Titan Accelerated Change Technology (ACT) wheel line, a wheel technology proved to reduce downtime associated with tire changes and rotations by up to 50%.The ACT wheel is now available in 33-, 35-, and 49-inch wheels, featuring single-piece lock rings in addition to the 51-, 57- and 63-inch sizes. Designed to fit nearly any rigid framed dump truck, the ACT wheel is compatible with any brand of off-the-road tires, including Titan tyres.The ACT wheel eliminates the need for the outside wheel to be removed when changing the inner tyre. All the bolts stay on and there’s no need to torque the wheel — whereas the standard wheel requires removing both the inner and outer wheels and re-torqueing.Titan also recently conducted a test that put the Titan ACT wheel head-to-head against a standard wheel on a rigid dump truck in an Alabama mine. The test demonstrated that a Cat 777G needing four inner dual rotations or replacements per year, saving 1 hour and 10 minutes per inner dual, and running approximately 1.5 additional cycles per every 1 hour, 10 minutes could mean more than $80,000 in additional coal production per year, per truck.last_img read more